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Gary Shteyngart Becomes American

Gary Shteyngart Becomes American
By January 29, 2010

Unless there is a secret pocket of Choctaw Indians that look at this site, I’m going on under the assumption that very few of us are actual “native Americans.” And if I could go out on even more of a … Read More

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Love Is Free: Thoughts on Raising Seven Adopted Sons

Love Is Free: Thoughts on Raising Seven Adopted Sons
By October 6, 2009

I’m an accountant’s son.  For supper on Wednesday nights, in Gloversville, New York (I say I was born in Vermont, where we moved when I was seven, the year Kennedy was assassinated) my parents fed us instant rice stirred with … Read More

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“Speaking Jewish”

“Speaking Jewish”
By July 21, 2009

“If I say ‘Jewish Art’ to people, even to dear friends, Jewish or not, it’s like saying ‘the world is round’ in 1491. Each new painting sails off where there be monsters.” So wrote American Jewish artist R.B. Kitaj in … Read More

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Borges and the Jews

Borges and the Jews
By June 3, 2009

If I am not one of Thy repetitions or errata…-J.L.B., “The Secret Miracle” Throughout his life, Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) was overwhelmed by a strange feeling of unworthiness. He was, he claimed, unworthy of friendship, love, and public attention. The … Read More

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Everybody Knows: The Novels of Leonard Cohen

Everybody Knows: The Novels of Leonard Cohen
By May 26, 2009

It’s common wisdom that Leonard Cohen is more than just a singer-songwriter: he’s also a poet, a sage, even a religious figure. “Leonard is this almost prophetic voice in music for me. He’s got this almost Biblical significance and authority,” … Read More

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The Jewish Body, Part 3: The Nose Jobs

The Jewish Body, Part 3: The Nose Jobs
By February 25, 2009

So, we know that Gentile men have long been drawn to exotic Jewish beauty, the lure of the other. But what about the reverse? From Samson’s fatal attraction to Delilah to Seinfeld and his (all Jewish) buddies nattering on about … Read More

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Why Jewish Chicks Swallow

Why Jewish Chicks Swallow
By January 8, 2009

“I know this girl, and she’d be perfect for you,” I said to a single man-friend, “except, she has a cat.” Normally, I’d never include such information, but I’ve wised up and realize today’s man, as eager as he might … Read More

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Grumpy Old Man: An Interview with ‘Sissy Nation’ author John Strausbaugh

Grumpy Old Man: An Interview with ‘Sissy Nation’ author John Strausbaugh
By January 29, 2008

Sissy Nation: How America Became a Culture of Wimps and Stoopits (Virgin Books, on sale February 6) is one of the funniest books you will ever read — if you aren’t a sissy. Author John Strausbaugh, a contributor to the … Read More

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